George Church

George Church

Professor and Director
Harvard Medical School and NIH-CEGS and DOE-GTL Genomics Centers

George is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Director of a U.S. Department of Energy Technology Center and a National Institutes of Health Center of Excellence in Genomic Science. His 1984 Harvard PhD included the first methods for direct genome sequencing, molecular multiplexing & barcoding. His innovations have contributed to nearly all “next generation” DNA sequencing methods and companies. This plus his lab’s work on chip-DNA-synthesis, gene editing and stem cell engineering resulted in founding additional application-based companies spanning fields of medical diagnostics & synthetic biology. He has also pioneered new privacy, biosafety, ELSI, environmental & biosecurity policies.